Detroit Holiday Checklist: 2015 Edition

Check them all off – Santa status.

Check none – Enjoy your lump of coal, you Grinch.


Go Ice Skating in Campus Martius Park



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Lace up with family and friends for a few laps around the rink. Between the holiday decorations and downtown lighting, it’s sure to be a magical experience.

Rink hours: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. – Midnight, Sunday Noon – 8 p.m.

If skating isn’t your thing, we’d suggest Showcase D’ Holidays – music, food, and a hot chocolate cocktail bar – held on Friday and Saturday nights.



Selfies with Santa at the GMRENCEN



The holidays aren’t complete without a photo with the jolly man in the red suit. Luckily he’s staying in Detroit! Find him (and his red Corvette) in the GM Showroom on Level A of the GMRENCEN. Stop by for a free printed photo and all the selfies you can take.

Santa hours: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., through Dec. 23



Eat Your Way through the Winter Collection at Bon Bon Bon



Quickly growing in popularity, these Detroit-born confections will have your taste buds singing “Joy to the World” after just the first bite. (Which is good, since they’re gone in two!)

Their winter line-up includes: Peppermint, Sugar Cookie, Lump of Coal, Gingerbread, Reindeer Food, Figgy Pudding, Pecan Pie and Cornbread & Honey.

Detroit store hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.



Photoshoots In Front Of Detroit’s Official Christmas Tree

You my right hand, you my go to. ⛸ #downtownlivin #bestfriends

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Towering an impressive 60 feet above Campus Martius Park and decked out in more than 19,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights, Detroit’s official Christmas tree is the perfect holiday photo backdrop.



Warm Up with a Festive Cocktail from Joe Muer Seafood


Joe Muer Holiday Cocktails


Ask Merv to hook you up with a Jill Frost (left) or Re-Fashioned on the Rocks (right). Or make it at home:


Jill Frost
2 ounces berry-infused Vodka, 1/2 ounce white crème de menthe, 1/2 ounce white crème de cacao, 1 ounce cranberry juice, peppermint stick rim


Re-Fashioned on the Rocks
2 ounces Rittenhouse 100 Proof Rye, 1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino, 1/2 Zucca Amaro, 1 Tablespoon raw sugar, 5 dashes Angostura Bitters, orange peel garnish